Fighting COVID-19
Resources for Plainfield Residents
Greetings!

 
At City Hall we’re maintaining essential services while taking steps to safeguard the health of our employees. We want to encourage you to try and complete your business online as much as possible. If you can’t find what you want online, please give us a call before coming to City Hall, chances are we can get the information to you and save you the trip.

Here in Plainfield we will continue to exercise the utmost caution according to our situation. Parts of our city are densely populated and we must continue to follow restrictions until we are sure that the numbers won’t spike again. As the State finds its way back to normalcy, I encourage you all to continue following hygiene and social distancing measures the best you can. Let's keep pushing forward until this pandemic is truly over.
While this crisis lasts, we will be sharing this resource edition of our newsletter every Wednesday. Please stay tuned and share this information with your loved ones and friends.

Stay safe and may God continue to bless you.

Creating One Plainfield. One Future.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
Queridos amigos y vecinos,

En el Ayuntamiento mantenemos servicios esenciales mientras tomamos medidas para salvaguardar la salud de nuestros empleados. Queremos alentarlo a que intente y complete su negocio en línea tanto como sea posible. Si no puede encontrar lo que quiere en línea, llámenos antes de venir al Ayuntamiento, es probable que podamos obtener la información y ahorrarle el viaje.

Aquí en Plainfield continuaremos ejerciendo la máxima precaución según nuestra situación. Partes de nuestra ciudad están densamente pobladas y debemos seguir las restricciones hasta que estemos seguros de que los números no volverán a aumentar. A medida que el Estado encuentra su camino de regreso a la normalidad, les animo a todos a continuar siguiendo las medidas de higiene y distanciamiento social lo mejor que puedan. Sigamos avanzando hasta que esta pandemia haya terminado de verdad.

Mientras dure esta crisis, compartiremos esta edición de recursos de nuestro boletín todos los miércoles. Estén atentos y compartan esta información con sus seres queridos y amigos.

Manténgase a salvo y que Dios continúe bendiciéndole.


Sinceramente,


Adrian O. Mapp, Alcalde
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
Election Update from the City Clerk
June 30, 2020
 
 
Dear Plainfield Residents, 
 
We have received a number of phone calls and messages from individuals who have indicated that they have yet to receive a vote by mail ballot.  If you have not yet received your ballot, you are encouraged to visit the Union County Clerk’s office at either the Elizabeth or Westfield locations to request a duplicate ballot. Residents will be permitted to appear in person Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. up until Election Day on July 7, 2020. 
 
Should you choose to vote in person, please be reminded that you will only be allowed to vote by way of provisional ballot. Be further reminded, that your polling location may have changed for this 2020 Primary Election due to consolidation efforts. As such, if you have not received information on your new polling location please contact the Union County Board of Elections at (908) 527-4123 as they will inform you accordingly.
 
Plainfield Polling Locations for the July 7, 2020 Primary Election are as follows:

Emerson School Cafeteria – Wards 1

Evergreen School Gym – Ward 2, Districts 1,2,4,5,6

Maxson School Cafeteria – Ward 2, Districts 3 and 7-11

Plainfield High School Cafeteria – Ward 3, Districts 1 – 5

Cedarbrook School Cafeteria – Ward 3, Districts 6-10

Clinton School Gym – Ward 4
 
Please feel free to email me directly at ajalloh.clerk@plainfieldnj.gov for further information.


Sincerely,
Abubakar T. Jalloh, R.M.C.
A/ Business Administrator &
Municipal Clerk

City of Plainfield Forms George Floyd
Police Reform Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City of Plainfield Forms George Floyd Police Reform Commission

July 1, 2020 – Plainfield, NJ – Citing the urgency of the need for nationwide policing reform, the City of Plainfield has formed a commission tasked with reviewing current policies and practices of the Plainfield Police Department .

On July 1, 2020, mayor Adrian O. Mapp announced that the City of Plainfield launched a George Floyd Police Reform Commission (GFPRC). The commission's goal is to review current policing policies and procedures of the Plainfield Police Department and make recommendations that will be submitted in a public report.
The report will be submitted to the Governor's Office, the Union County Prosecutors Office, and the State Attorney General's Office.

The commission comprises a diverse group of Plainfield residents whose report and recommendations will be presented at the culmination of two private and two public sessions. The process is expected to take approximately one month from launch to presentation of the report. It is intended to be a temporary one-time commission.

"Across the nation, there is a collective cry for an examination of the existing policies and procedures of Law Enforcement agencies, including the use of force guidelines. It is the responsibility of every municipality across the United States of America to review its existing Police operations regardless of whether there is a history of abuse or not. The purpose of this commission is not to accuse but to prevent. Our Police Department is one of the finest, and we want to ensure it stays that way" - Mayor Adrian O. Mapp.

Commission Members
Ashley S. Davis is currently a member of the Plainfield Municipal Council representing the First Ward. She is a lifelong resident of Plainfield. Her commitment to public service has guided her to focus her volunteerism efforts with organizations whose missions align with service, scholarship, and civic engagement.
 
Reverend Dr. Aloyo is the senior pastor of La Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras, a congregation composed of families from 17 Latin American countries and Asia. Rev. Aloyo is also Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity at Princeton Theological Seminary and Director of the Office of Multicultural Relations. For the past thirty-two years, Pastor Aloyo has served congregations in Brooklyn, NY., Queens, The Bronx, and Plainfield, NJ. 

Cathryn Diouf-Cole has lived in Plainfield for over 16 years, raising two sons here. She has a Masters in Urban Planning and used to work for the NYC affordable housing program. Previously, she served three years in the US Peace Corps in Senegal.

Raisa Baraka speaks as an eighteen(18) year old advocate for the Plainfield community and her generation. She believes that the progress of the consciousness of freedom and the funding toward black establishments will start the dismantlement of systemic racism.
 
Tuwisha Rogers-Simpson is a creative problem solver and specializes in multicultural marketing and consumers. The former Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Urban One is responsible for over 15M of media revenue and partnership management with iconic brands such as Walmart, AT&T, and Prudential. MSNBC, NPR, and ESSENCE have recognized Tuwisha as a strategist, producer, and industry thought leader in multicultural culture, media, and consumer insights.

Bill Davis Was born in Newark and raised in Plainfield, NJ. He is an active member of the NAACP and the Peoples Organization for Progress, among others. He is the founding director of EPIC Vision Academy, a pre-college program for area high school students which provided tutoring and mentoring. An adjunct professor at Rutgers in the Africana Studies Dept. Bill has participated in several international humanitarian efforts in Haiti, Cuba, Ghana, and South Africa. He also serves on the Crossroads theatre board, assisting with community outreach.

Chris Estevez is a labor leader and social justice activist that was born and raised in Plainfield. He currently serves as President of the Latino Action Network and Executive Vice President of CWA Local 1037.

Bobby Gregory is a Thirty-two-year resident of Plainfield. He expresses his honor to serve on the George Floyd Police Reform Commission. It is his hope and belief that Plainfield can become a model in building effective policing and deep community trust.

Canon Leroy Lyons was the rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church here in the city for 42 years. He retired in 2012. Canon Lyons continues to live in Plainfield and is the father of four grown daughters.

The GFPRC is made up of a diverse group of five males and five females.

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COVID-19 Testing in Plainfield |
Pruebas de COVID-19 en Plainfield
Please take notice that tomorrow is the LAST day for testing! Take advantage of this opportunity to get yourselves and your loved ones tested. The more people that are tested, the better the virus can be contained.
Plainfield COVID-19 Relief Fund/ UEZ Relief Fund
The goal of the Plainfield COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund is to provide assistance to residents who are experiencing economic hardship as a result of this pandemic. The emergency relief will assist with rent or mortgage payments, utilities, food, or other items deemed as essential. We are committed to supporting our residents during this challenging time.

In order to qualify applicants must provide the following:
1. Proof of Residency
2. Proof of Hardship

Completed applications should be sent to  COVID19fund@plainfieldnj.gov

Skip the Trip to City Hall
Food That's in When School is Out
COVID-19 Relief Fund | Daily Lunch Distribution
Plainfield Coalition of Emergency Food Providers
Resource Road Map | Helping You Navigate
Through COVID-19
How to Get Your Federal Stimulus Check
Emergency Rental Assistance
𝐍𝐉 𝐄𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟔.

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate-income households that have lost income or become unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Applicants may be eligible for up to 6 months of emergency rental assistance.
• The assistance will be capped at the Department of Community Affairs' (DCA’s) fair market rent standard or the total of the rent, whichever is lesser.
• All participants will be reviewed after a 3-month interval to see if they are still in need of assistance.
• Any person applying must meet all applicable CVERAP income and eligibility requirements (see below for details).
• You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply, or you must be an emancipated minor.
• Only one (1) pre-application per household will be accepted
Use the below for additional information:
Partnership with Evangel Church | Just Text HOPE!
Since many of our residents may be without food and other necessary supplies during this crisis, we have partnered with Evangel Church to have boxes of hope delivered to our vulnerable residents in our community. These supplies are ONLY for vulnerable residents including the elderly, quarantined, or individuals who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. If you fall under these categories, please 𝐓𝐄𝐗𝐓 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝟗𝟎𝟖-𝟑𝟐𝟓-𝟓𝟏𝟔𝟑 to have a box of hope containing much needed supplies delivered to your door.

𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 - 𝐝𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥!
Dado que muchos de nuestros residentes pueden estar sin alimentos y otros suministros necesarios durante esta crisis, nos hemos asociado con Evangel Church para entregar cajas de esperanza a las personas que necesitan. Los suministros son solamente para las personas en cuarentena, individuales mayores, o individuales que han perdido su trabajo. Se les pide  que manden un mensaje de texto con el escrito "HOPE" al 908-325-5163  para que reciban una caja de esperanza que contenga los suministros necesarios en su puerta.

Tenga en cuenta que este es un número de solo texto. ¡No llames!
Iris House | Food Assistance for HIV+ Persons
Community Health Law Project
YWCA 24-Hour Hotline
Vote-By-Mail | Sign Up Today!

Dear Community,

Voting by mail is a secure and established part of our American electoral system. But a vote-by-mail approach only works if every voter feels confident using it.

We know that information can be powerful, and that a well-timed message can be the difference between someone voting or sitting out an election

As more Americans are following government guidelines to stay home and maintain social distancing, voting by mail is more popular than ever. Voting by mail — along with early voting and safe in-person voting — needs to be readily available as we work together to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Nothing should stand in the way of Americans exercising their constitutional right to vote.

Vote.org  uses cost-effective technology and marketing to get more people to vote. When the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, we knew we’d have to change some of the ways we engage voters.
That’s why we’re prioritizing tactics that reach people where they are right now — at home. Direct mail will be a key part of our voter outreach this year.

PLEASE GO TO WWW.VOTE.ORG .                   SIGN UP TODAY
Census 2020 | Let's Make Plainfield Count!
As of June 24, the Census response rates are as follows:
National                                 61.7%
New Jersey                          63.6%
Union County                      65.4%
Plainfield                                52.4%
There is still time for you and your family to be counted in the 2020 Census! The Census is administered every decade to give our city the unique opportunity of receiving funds for what matters to you the most. We will receive funding for more of our roads to be fixed. We will receive support for our health establishments. Our schools will have the funds to provide your children with the best education. But this can only happen if you make yourself count TODAY!

The more people that complete the census form, which only takes 10 minutes, the more funds our city will receive to directly benefit YOU! Let's not miss out on this unique opportunity, and please remember, all of your census data is completely confidential. The Census Bureau is forbidden by law to share your information.

Let's #MakePlainfieldNJCount TODAY! Click here to complete the short form.\

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¡Todavía hay tiempo para que usted y su familia sean contados en el Censo 2020! El censo se realiza cada década para dar a nuestra ciudad la oportunidad única de recibir fondos para lo que más le importa. Recibiremos fondos para que se reparen más carreteras. Recibiremos apoyo para nuestros establecimientos de salud. Nuestras escuelas tendrán los fondos para brindarles a sus hijos la mejor educación. ¡Pero esto solo puede suceder si te haces contar HOY!

¡Cuantas más personas completen el formulario del censo, que solo toma 10 minutos , más fondos recibirá nuestra ciudad para beneficiarlo directamente a USTED! No perdamos esta oportunidad única y recuerde que toda su información del censo es completamente confidencial. La Oficina del Censo tiene prohibido por ley compartir su información.

Vamos hacer que Plainfield cuente HOY! Haz clic aqui para llenar el formulario.
Why Being Counted is as
Important as your Vote | Mara Abrams
Have you ever wondered why the Census Bureau​ exists or why an accurate population count really matters? Social & Civic Innovator Mara Abrams​ dives into the importance of her work at the U.S Census Bureau and explores why you can be just as important as your vote.
Driving During the COVID-19 Pandemic
State of New Jersey  COVID-19  Jobs
and Hiring Portal
Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? Businesses across New Jersey need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about who is hiring in your community. Click here for more information.

Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at  https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake .


53,107 JOBS
993 COMPANIES

COVID-19 Resources for
Undocumented & Uninsured Individuals
NJ Family Care | Affording Health Care Coverage
Drug Free NJ Virtual Workshops
Drug Free NJ is offering a variety of virtual events for prevention, treatment , and recovery support. Click the picture below to find out more.
NJEDA | Small Business COVID-19
Grant Program Phase 2
The NJEDA is now accepting applications for Phase 2 of the Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program.

Your organization may use Phase 2 grant funding to…
Reimburse revenue lost as a result of a business interruption caused by COVID-19. Funding cannot be used for capital expenses, including construction.

Phase 2 Grant Award Amounts
Businesses will receive $1,000 per full-time employee, (based on WR-30 filing). Sole proprietorships or other companies with no full-time employees will receive the minimum grant amount ($1,000).
  • Minimum grant amount (per application): $1,000
  • Maximum grant amount (per application): $10,000 (for entities with more than 10 FTEs)

Your organization is eligible for a Phase 2 Emergency Relief Grant if…
  • You have 25 or fewer full-time employees, as reported on most recent WR-30 filing with the New Jersey Department of Labor
  • You have a physical commercial location in the State of New Jersey
  • Home-based businesses must be based at a home located in New Jersey

  • UPDATED 6/8/2020: All types of 501(c) non-profit entities will likely now be eligible for grants. This includes 501(c)(6) organizations, the designation for membership-based business and industry groups, as well as 501(c)(19) veterans’ organizations. While this change in eligibility is contingent upon approval of the NJEDA Board, all 501(c) organizations can apply for funding along with other eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations to enable them to apply before the program becomes oversubscribed.
  • Your CEO certifies that your business: 1) Was in operation on February 15, 2020; 2) Will make a best effort not to furlough or lay off any individuals from the time of application through six months after the end of the declared state of emergency; 3) Has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 declared state of emergency on March 9, 2020; 4) Has a material financial need that cannot be overcome without the grant of emergency relief funds
  • Your Business: 1) Is registered to do business in the State of New Jersey; 2) Does not have any outstanding tax liabilities; 3) Is in good standing with the New Jersey Department of Labor
Coping With COVID
The New Jersey department of human services operates a toll free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; dial (877) 294-help (4357).
 
Additionally – here are some links to the New Jersey Department of Health which provide updates and useful information.
 
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml
 
https://www.facebook.com/NJDeptofHealth/
 
https://twitter.com/njdeptofhealth?lang=en
Take a Self Assessment Before Visiting a Testing Center in NJ
The State of New Jersey
Updated Quarantine Advisory Issued for Individuals Traveling to
New Jersey from 16 States
Sixteen States Include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah

TRENTON – Governor Murphy today advised individuals traveling to New Jersey from eight additional states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. The travel advisory applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

As of Tuesday, June 30, there are currently 16 states total that meet the criteria stated above: Alabama; Arkansas; Arizona; California; Florida; Georgia; Iowa; Idaho; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Nevada; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; and Utah.

“If an individual is traveling to New Jersey from one of these sixteen states, he or she should self-quarantine period of 14 days,” said Governor Murphy. “Our collective efforts to flatten the curve and beat the virus, in coordination with our neighbors in New York and Connecticut, have led to a steady decline in COVID-19 positive cases, hospitalizations, and rate of transmission. However, many states across the country are experiencing a significant uptick in this data and we must remain vigilant to continue our progress against the virus. I urge those who are arriving from a hot spot to get a COVID-19 test while they are here to ensure their health and safety, and that of those around them.”

Travelers and those residents who are returning from impacted states should self-quarantine at their home, hotel, or other temporary lodging. Individuals should leave the place of self-quarantine only to seek medical care/treatment or to obtain food and other essential items.
Travelers and residents returning from impacted states typically will not need to check-in with public health officials, unless otherwise they are involved in contract tracing efforts or required to do so by their employer or any other federal, state or local law or order. It is expected that individuals will follow the public health advisory to self-quarantine.
The list of states will be updated on a rolling basis and is accessible  here .


Last But Not Least
While the City of Plainfield is currently operating on a modified work schedule and trying to avoid person to person contact we are still here for you and are ready to help. We're only one call away and can assist you in finding resources specific for you. You can also visit our website at plainfieldnj.gov for a range of services you can complete online in the comfort of your home, which helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please see the graphic below to skip the trip to city hall and continue to stay safe.

Please call us at 908-753-3000 for assistance!